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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Passaic 8-26-1982 by Ord. No. 702-82 (Section 3-4 of Chapter III of the Revised General Ordinances of the City of Passaic, 1975). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 295.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ABANDON
Includes any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck-trailer and vehicle which:
A. 
Is parked upon publicly owned property without the current year's registration or identification markers as required by law or upon private property as hereinafter set forth.
B. 
Has been parked on publicly owned property for any period of time without the consent of a duly authorized official of the City of Passaic or of the public body owning said property.
C. 
Is found to be mechanically inoperative and is allowed to remain upon publicly owned property or privately owned property without the consent of a duly authorized official of the City of Passaic or of the public body owning said property.
D. 
Is found upon publicly owned property or privately owned property without one or more tires.
JUNK AUTOMOBILE or JUNK AUTOMOBILE BODY
Any automobile which is no longer in actual use as a motor vehicle or which is wholly unfit without rebuilding or reconditioning, for use in highway transportation or which has been discarded for use as a motor vehicle or otherwise abandoned.
MOTOR VEHICLE
A machine propelled by power other than human power designed to travel along the ground by the use of wheels, treads, runners or slides and shall include, without limitation, automobile, truck, trailer, motorcycle, tractor, buggy and wagon. It is intended that "vehicle" shall have all the meanings stated and defined in N.J.S.A. 39:1-1, et seq.
PROPERTY
Any real property within the City which is not a street or highway.
It shall be unlawful for any person to abandon or suffer or permit the abandonment of any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck-trailer, vehicle, junk automobile or junk automobile body on any public property owned, leased or maintained by the City of Passaic, Board of Education, County of Passaic or State of New Jersey.
No person in charge or control of any property within the City, whether as owner, tenant, lessee, occupant or otherwise, shall place, deposit, store, leave or keep any abandoned, discarded, wrecked, junked, dismantled or partially dismantled vehicle on such property or suffer, permit or allow any such vehicle to be placed, deposited, stored, left or kept on such property, except that the provisions hereof shall not apply with regard to such a vehicle:[1]
A. 
In an enclosed building, garage, barn or shed.
B. 
On the premises of a business enterprise operated in a lawful place and manner, when necessary to the operation of such business enterprise.
C. 
In an appropriate storage place or depository maintained in a lawful place and manner by the City.
D. 
On the premises of an individual, which premises is used as that individual's principal place of residence, in which event said individual shall comply with this section within 15 days of receipt of notification of this section.
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Editor's Note: See § 295-17.1 for the fine for abandoned cars on private areas.
The Chief of Police or any member of the Division of Police is hereby authorized to remove or to cause to be removed any vehicle left on any property within the City which reasonably appears to be in violation of the chapter or which appears to have been lost, stolen or unclaimed. Any vehicle impounded pursuant to any of the provisions of this section shall be held until lawfully claimed or disposed of in accordance with the provisions of New Jersey statutes.
The owner of any private property from which a vehicle is removed and impounded pursuant to § 293-4 and the tenant, lessee or occupant of the premises, if any, shall be jointly and severally liable for the cost and expense paid and incurred by the City in effecting such removal and impounding, and shall be paid by the person or persons liable therefor upon demand. The owner and operator of any motor vehicle which is removed from publicly owned property and impounded pursuant to § 293-4 shall be jointly and severally liable for the cost and expense paid or incurred by the City in effecting such removal and impounding and such shall be paid by the person or persons liable therefor upon demand. In the event such payment is not made, the amount due shall become a lien upon the lot or track of real estate from which such vehicle was removed and shall be added to and form a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such land, to be collected and enforced in the same manner as taxes upon real estate, or the same and any other payment imposed in connection with the enforcement of this chapter may be collected in a civil action or in such manner as may be provided by law.